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Even after your braces have been removed, there will still be a small amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that secure your teeth in your mouth. If your braces were only needed to provide a small amount of realignment your Orthodontics, Inc. orthodontist, might recommend a clear plastic retainer. The clear plastic material makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice the retainer is in your mouth.

Cleaning and maintain your clear plastic retainer and wearing it during the prescribed times, will keep the amount of time you need to wear it to a bare minimum. Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time they needed to have braces.

While you are wearing your clear plastic retainer you can drink normally, but you should take the retainer out when you eat. When you’re not wearing it, you should keep it in the case provided, rather than improvising with something like a plastic bag or napkin.

You can refresh your clear plastic retainer each night, by soaking it in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash. If you notice a little plaque buildup, you can lightly brush the retainer with a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. You should avoid using abrasive toothpaste as it could dull the plastic material and make the plastic retainer more noticeable.

If you have any questions about how to properly take care of your clear plastic retainer, you can always call Orthodontics, Inc.’s office in Flagstaff, Arizona at (928) 774-0881 to ask a question.